Lightroom Error: Corrupted Catalog

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There are many people on the forums complaining about having corrupted Lightroom catalogs. The whole catalog can be corrupted or just some of the Lightroom data can be corrupted. Today, we’ll look at the worth case scenario, the whole Lightroom database/catalog is corrupted.

You start Lightroom and you get the following message:

Lightroom encountered an error and needs to quit. There was a problem reading one of the …


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Lightroom Error: Troubleshooting Part 8

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Adobe has a whole set of procedures to troubleshoot Lightroom. One of their recommendations is:

  • Cleanup and delete all of your temporary files

Why do computers generate all these temporary files?

Sometimes it’s the operating system, Windows or OSx, that creates the temporary files, sometimes it’s the application, including Lightroom that create a whole bunch of temporary files.

  • The operating system creates a whole bunch of temporary files …

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Lightroom Error: Troubleshooting Part 7

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Adobe has a whole set of procedures to troubleshoot Lightroom. One of their recommendations is:

  • Set a Postscript printer as your default printer

The two major printer systems are HP with PCL, Printer Command Language, and Adobe with Postscript.

In the old days, a printer driver was just a translator that would convert a file to something that your printer would understand. Like I said, this was the old days …


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Lightroom Error: Troubleshooting Part 6

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Adobe has a whole set of procedures to troubleshoot Lightroom. One of their recommendations is:

  • Update the video card driver.

The video driver is the most common source of the Operating System problems, including OSX, XP and Vista. Whenever there is a crash in Windows XP and Vista, your Windows sends a summary to Microsoft of what caused the crash. Microsoft claims that 73% of all the crashes in Vista …


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Lightroom Error: Troubleshooting Part 5

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Adobe has a whole set of procedures to troubleshoot Lightroom. One of their recommendations is:

  • Close Lightroom.
  • Close all your other programs.
  • Restart Lightroom while no other program is running.

There are 2½ major reasons:

  1. There may be not enough memory to run all the applications concurrently with Lightroom. Lightroom is a “memory hog”. Then your computer will have to swap the memory, slowing down Lightroom so much that it …

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Lightroom Error: Troubleshooting Part 4

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Adobe has a whole set of procedures to troubleshoot the start up of Lightroom. One of their recommendations is:

  • Re-create the Photoshop Lightroom preferences file

Then Adobe says:

If the problem continues, the preferences file isn’t the cause.

How to recreate the Lightroom preferences file

  1. Exit Lightroom.
  2. Rename the Lightroom Preferences.agprefs file. I always rename to .original so the preferences file would be renamed to: preferences.agprefs.original …


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Lightroom Error: Troubleshooting Part 3

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Adobe has a whole set of procedures to troubleshoot the start up of Lightroom. One of their recommendations is:

  • Optimize the Catalog

Edit > Catalog Settings > General tab > Relaunch & Optimize

Adobe is instructing you to troubleshoot the catalog size and its speed. You probably won’t notice a significant difference on a small catalog…

What does the “catalog optimize” do?

You need to realize that the Lightroom catalog is in fact …


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Lightroom Error: Troubleshooting Part 2

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Adobe has a whole set of procedures to troubleshoot the start up of Lightroom. One of their recommendations is:

  1. Shutdown all other applications
  2. Shutdown Lightroom
  3. Restart your computer
  4. Start Lightroom with any other program running

Do you still have the same problem?

Why are they asking to shutdown and restart? Adobe wants you to identify if the problem is with the Lightroom or other programs.

They could have asked to …


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